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Posted by on Jan 17, 2012 | 0 comments

Reader Submission: 1940s DIY Kitchen Renovation

Reader Submission: 1940s DIY Kitchen Renovation

Although we like to share renovation projects just from the Del Ray area, this reader submission all the way from Oregon was just too good to pass up. In fact, this house looks just like so many Del Ray homes you probably couldn’t even tell it’s from the other side of the country. Special thanks to Linn for sharing her story. Love, love, love this kitchen! Right after my husband and I bought our small little bungalow this summer, it became clear the kitchen had to be one of the first parts we turned our attention to. The old kitchen appeared to be firmly stuck in the 40s, I bet it hadn’t changed one bit from when it was first put in! The walls and ceiling were green, it had a green laminate floor, laminate countertop etc… you get the picture! While charming in some ways, we really wanted something brighter, cleaner and more functional. We were set on basically taking on as many projects as we could ourselves, thinking...

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Posted by on Jan 6, 2012 | 1 comment

A Family-Style DIY Kitchen Renovation

A Family-Style DIY Kitchen Renovation

Last month we featured Sarah and Lee’s charming bathroom renovation. But that wasn’t the only upgrade they made to their as-is Del Ray rowhouse — the kitchen was in even worse shape than the bathroom. It didn’t even come with a refrigerator. Sarah sent me a couple of shots from the renovation. Here’s a look standing in the original dining room. The doorway to the right leads to the kitchen  — does that linoleum floor give you an idea of the condition of the room? The doorway straight ahead actually used to be a window overlooking a sad and dreary addition with paneled walls. If you look closely you can see the worn carpet and popcorn ceiling. The addition was wasted space, closed off from the rest of the house, and offering nothing more than an eye sore. With the walls gone, an expanded, modern eat-in kitchen would be on its way. First up, demo.  Below are the remnants of the wall dividing the kitchen from the addition and another shot...

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Posted by on Jan 3, 2012 | 1 comment

Before & After: Alley Cast-Off Becomes Functional Kitchen Island

Before & After: Alley Cast-Off Becomes Functional Kitchen Island

For the past seven years I’ve been living with two feet of counter space in my kitchen. I have only myself to blame for this. We renovated the 1950s galley kitchen after we moved in in 2004 but we made some poor decisions. I won’t bore you with the details but it’s the result of new homeowner ignorance + lack of HGTV inspiration + financial limitations. I recently decided it was time to make a change and get a real kitchen workspace. If we ever decided to sell, our “kitchenette” would surely scare off buyers. The plan was to add a built-in peninsula using the same cabinets and countertop in the existing kitchen. I went to Home Depot and drew up plans with a super-friendly kitchen designer (really, she was super nice!). But to my utter horror, my master plan was going to cost nearly $2000. Not in the cards. Days later while taking the trash out to the alley something piqued my attention — a wood desk and...

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Posted by on Dec 20, 2011 | 2 comments

The Scary House Gets a Stunning Kitchen Makeover

The Scary House Gets a Stunning Kitchen Makeover

When David bought his Del Ray rowhouse 11 years ago, his realtor referred to it as the “scary house.” A run-down rental unit for years, the front bay window was closed off by blankets (nailed in place) and the house was scattered with cat litter boxes and clutter. But David saw through the mess and smell, using his creativity to imagine the hidden potential. Though major renovations weren’t necessary at the time, David did want to remove an oddly arched faux brick wall in the dining room. During the process, he discovered another relic of 1980s interior design — a wall of mirrors. He hired painters to repair and smooth the damaged walls and apply a clean coat of paint. Five years after living in the house, David decided it was time to renovate the kitchen — a typical 1950s galley with no storage, no functional cooking area, and no room. As a former interior designer, David put his skills to work and created a stunning space blending warm...

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Posted by on Dec 16, 2011 | 34 comments

A Kitchen Refresh on the Cheap

A Kitchen Refresh on the Cheap

Do you have old dingy cabinets but not enough money to replace with new ones? In this post Kelly Millspaugh Thompson, owner of a local furniture refinishing business Stylish Patina, shows how you can give drab old cabinets a completely new look — and without spending an arm and a leg. Thanks for sharing this great idea, Kelly! A client of mine from Del Ray wanted to brighten up their kitchen without fully renovating the space. We decided to paint the kitchen cabinets with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint. Paint really is a miracle worker! The beauty of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint is that you don’t need to sand or prime the surface. Don’t tell anyone but we didn’t even take off the doors! Here’s the before shot: After the amazing after shot: The homeowner selected Old White as her color. This is a creamy white that adds warmth while still brightening the space. Now here are the steps for this kitchen refresh: Wipe down the cabinets with a warm...

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